A Little Bit of Multi-Nationalism!

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Red Dwarf
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Hello All!

So, I thought the nice new website deserved to see my car!  so here it is, an American car, owned by an Englishman, living in France:-

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My wife and I have owned this 1978 Corvette for over over 21 years now and yes, it has changed our lives!   It's taken us on many great trips, in our native UK and in Europe, and now, in our adopted home of France.  On top of that we now have good freinds all over the USA and have travelled extensivley there, although not alas, in our Corvette, but often in one loaned to us! 

I was pleased to see that we can tick off the majority of the "101 Things to Do in Your Classic" and have a couple lined up to acheive!

Next challenge, get the car into "Our Classics"!

SJI 

 

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Hmmmm...  No pic. and no edit facility....

Our Corvette

Oh well, here's the car!

SJI

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Red Dwarf wrote:

Hmmmm...  No pic. and no edit facility....

Our Corvette

Oh well, here's the car!

SJI

 

Thanks on two levels: 1) the posting of something I am finding quite scarily "must-buy" (what are they going for nowadays?) and 2) for pointing out some functionality issues we need to think about. Keep them coming.

 

As for getting it into Our Classics, 700 words and a nice selection of pictures of your adventures should do it. Just e-mail us.

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Hi James

Pleased to be of service! :-)    Needless to say, I'd always recommend that everyone should own a Corvette at some time!   Simon’s had his for many years of course.  Alas, (or maybe thankfully?) they are not as expensive in the UK as you might think, especially "soft bumper sharks"  (I hate the "C" nomenclature)   I saw a good looking ’78 for £10k recently!    They are more valuable over here in France.

I’m working on a story for “Our Classics", but had to change tack when I read that so many submissions include the drive of the Viaduc de Millau! 

 

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Try it up the Mont Ventoux, should suit a Corvette and make a good story.

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Lovely cars based on the Mako Shark show special one I believe.

I remeber a guy i knew bemoaning his one was being overlooked in favour of a 66 Sting Ray, he was parked next to at the Guildford cruise.

Another fellow gave me a ride around Knebworth in his 68 big block, but I don't think the Doughnuts on the grass were much appreciated.

 

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DUESIE wrote:

Try it up the Mont Ventoux, should suit a Corvette and make a good story.

D

Funnily enough, we're looking at a trip to Ventoux.  As much for the cycling connection as the cars!   It may have to wait until 2012 though, budgets being what they are!

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GBt wrote:

Lovely cars based on the Mako Shark show special one I believe.

I remeber a guy i knew bemoaning his one was being overlooked in favour of a 66 Sting Ray, he was parked next to at the Guildford cruise.

Another fellow gave me a ride around Knebworth in his 68 big block, but I don't think the Doughnuts on the grass were much appreciated.

 

Thanks GBt.  The Mako Shark II of 1965 was really the "inspiration" for the '68 re-body of the 'Vette.   It is true to say that the ’63-’67 cars are more revered than the later models, a source of disappointment to me as well!   The emphasis placed on them by organisations like NCRS certainly helps that perception.   Even in the “Shark” years, the chrome bumper cars are considered the holy grail, yet to me, the later “rubber bumpered” cars actually have a line closer to the concept and retain cues from the 63 that are carried on into the latest C6.   But, maybe I’m biased!

Ah yes, the Guildford Cruise.  We were on the very first one and continued to attend regularly for many years.  Does it still happen?  I see that Chelsea is making a bit of a comeback…..  

Apologies for late replies by the way.  Been a little pre-occupied lately!

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RD, The only time I ever went to the Guildford Cruise in an American car, was in my friend Dave Martin's Mercury, as he knew the DJ at Guildford . That was the modus operandi. I went straight from work once at Brook Field Farm Cheshunt,  in my old Maxi but even so, they seemed quite glad to see me..

Last time I went to anything car wise with DM, it  was taking him to the first Le Mans Classic (in my Mondeo) but we cheered on all the Vettes, Shelby,s and GT40s.

I used to go to a meet at a Pug on Sewardson Road, owned bt Terry Venebles Dad, and it wasnt overun by enthusiasts just a few hardperrenials-called The Rot Box Rodders.

there was also the Dick Turpin Pub meet, till it became an impromptu A127 drag strip, some hero on a nitrus oxide bike flipped it backward and it was getting stupid with crowds on the carriageways watching the best burnouts, when the law swooped in and said any cars parked on verges, centre carriageways not removed imediately, would be towed away. Thereafter, it was by invite only,a victim of its own success. cruise in Southend and Bluewater,were more for the modern custom Nova brigades.

I/we stopped going to the Chelsea when it became over infested with Sound systemised vans and cars.

A guy down the road had a Dax Cobra replicar with a vette V8 and his mate used to visit him in a C6 Corvette.

I'll peruse the latest C Am mag(shush!) to see what cruises are listed. 

 

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I recall an interesting tale about the original Mako Shark, whether it is true or one of those apocryphal legwends that gathers weight with the passing of time, who knows.

Bill Mitchell was head of design at GM and had a liking for big game fishing, and consequently was rather proud of the stuffed Mako in a glass case in his office. He also had a reputation as a stickler for detail and could be hard to please, and when the team were working on the Corvette Mako show car he insisted it had to be painted EXACTLY the same as the dead thing upstairs. Larry Shinoda was incharge of the job and told the story that they had great trouble matching the exact shade of blue and were using what was then a new technology with the required irridescent paint effect. After several attempts they decided they had it close, but not quite close enough that Mitchell would not complain again, so they waited until Mitchell was out and painted the stuffed fish to match the car. Apparently he never noticed.

C.M.

 

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That was Mako II by the way, the one that influenced the '68 Corvette.

C.M.